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Criticizing Trump, WH says Taiwan ‘not a bargaining chip’

Washington: President Barack Obama’s White House today took aim at Donald Trump’s recent comments on Taiwan, saying the long-standing alliance should not be used as a “bargaining chip” with Beijing.

After the president-elect suggested the United States could jettison its “One China policy” — a diplomatic maneuver allowing Washington to do business with Beijing and its rivals in Taipei — if China does not “make a deal,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the island should not be used as “leverage.